Keep Cherokee Beautiful’s first major clean up event Saturday saw volunteers turn out in force.

The volunteers picked up 150 bags of trash, weighing about 3,000 pounds, Cherokee County District 3 Commissioner Benny Carter.

“I am pleased with the community turnout that made Keep Cherokee Beautiful’s first large roadside cleanup event a successful one,” Carter said in a statement.

Saturday’s event, rescheduled from April 24 due to weather, covered a six-mile stretch of Bells Ferry Road starting from Hobgood Park going north to Freedom Middle School. The event drew an estimated 25 community volunteers.

Event organizers briefed volunteers with roadside safety instructions and handed out orange safety vests and cleanup kits prior to the cleanup.

Volunteers spent about 90-plus man hours collecting trash along the busy roadside. Collected trash ranged from plastic bottles and fast food bags to glass liquor and beer bottles.

“I want to thank all of the volunteers for dedicating their time and hard work in an effort to beautify our community,” said Keep Cherokee Beautiful Board Chair Mark Preetorius. “By hosting these roadside cleanup events, this is just another way we can help keep Cherokee clean, green and beautiful.”

For more information, call the Cherokee County Recycling Center at 770-516-4195 or visit online at

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Shannon Ballew is the managing editor at the Cherokee Tribune and the Cherokee Ledger-News. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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Ramble On

Thank you, volunteers! Y'all rock!

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